The sheer volume of dining options at Walt Disney World is enough to make my head spin! It takes me hours just to pick out where we will eat our Table service meals, and when, and then there’s making the ADR’s – and by the time that’s done, I am tired! Tired and not ready to think about the OTHER meals we will be needing to eat while at WDW. I don’t always plan specifically which quick service restaurants I’m going to eat at, but I like to have a general idea of what’s around when I am at a Disney Park. So I wanted to give a rundown of where you can grab a quick (but full) meal at the Parks – so here’s a list of what Disney Dining counter service eateries you’ll find in the Magic Kingdom:
Tortuga Tavern – Serving up lunch and dinner, this restaurant offers a mostly Mexican themed menu – with burritos, taco salad, and beef nachos on the menu. Kids can munch on a quesadilla, and everyone can enjoy the toppings bar where you can spice up your entrée to suit your taste buds
Be Our Guest – This new restaurant offers a quick service meal at lunchtime ONLY (dinner is a sit down affair) – and with menu items like a carved turkey sandwich, croquet monsieur, vegetable quiche, and the signature Master’s cupcake (featuring “the Grey Stuff”) – you’ll want to make sure you’re there early (as there’s usually a line!). The décor here is really something – 3 themed dining rooms, with the mysterious “West Wing” and enchanted rose, and the Beast himself is often milling around for photo ops and hugs
Pinocchio Villiage Haus – Offers up lunch and dinner options like assorted flatbread pizzas, salads, and subs – and they have some nice outdoor seating which is perfect for Fantasyland people watching. They offer a side salad and delicious tomato soup too – both available for a dining plan snack credit
Diamond Horseshoe – This is a “seasonal” dining location – meaning that it is only open during peak times to help feed the crowds! You can grab lunch or dinner here – and they have a mouth-watering menu of items like carved pork brisket and a carved turkey sandwich, and a Portobello mushroom sandwich (for those less carnivorous folks!)
Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn And Café – This Wild West themed location offers the option of express ordering – kiosks where you can place and pay for your order. Cheeseburgers, chicken wraps, taco salad, southwest chicken salad, and chili cheese fries are some of the delicious options here – oh, and they have sweet potato fries and onion rings too! The toppings bar offers additions like peppers, pickles, salsa, mushrooms, cheese, lettuce, and more – and they even have a nacho cheese dispenser! This spot is a fan favorite (and with good reason!)
Columbia Harbour House – This one always receives a lot of praise – and I have to say I can understand why! The New England themed eatery has a unique menu – with items like battered fish, grilled salmon, fried shrimp, lobster roll, tuna sandwich – are you seeing a theme? Seafood is the name of the game here, and they offer a yummy New England Clam Chowder too – perfect on a rainy day. I have to say – my personal favorite is NOT a seafood item – it’s actually the Lighthouse Sandwich – which is a vegetarian option with hummus and broccoli slaw served on multigrain bread. The upstairs seating here is a great spot to relax and take in the sights too
Main Street USA:
Casey’s Corner – This spot is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers pretty basic items in the morning – bagels, croissants, Danish, muffings, juice etc – but the lunch and dinner menu is what really stands out here. Chili Cheese dogs, polish sausage, corn dog nuggets, nachos – and toppings too (including nacho cheese sauce, which tastes great on pretty much everything they serve!). It can be hard to grab a seat here – as its always crowded and there’s not that many tables – so if you can, try and eat at a non-peak time so you can fully enjoy the Casey’s experience
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café – Grab a seat near animatronic entertainer Sonny Eclipse as he sings the blues in a futuristic yet retro style (is that even possible? You might be wondering – and trust me, it is – he is a riot!), or grab a seat on the terrace for a great view of the Castle. There are a few different “bays” here – aka section that offer different menu options, so make sure you check them all out before getting in a line! Rotisserie chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs, turkey and veggie sandwiches, and greek salad are all on the menu here. This is another place that offers a toppings bar so you can customize your order – and they offer a nacho cheese dispenser too! (Can you tell that I love nacho cheese?)
Tomorrowland Terrace – You’ll find menus for all three meals here, but be warned – it’s another “seasonal” restaurant, so if the Parks aren’t crowded you may not be able to dine here. Breakfast options include oatmeal, waffles, Danish, and a ham, egg and cheese croissaint, while the lunch and dinner menus feature salads, pasta, and sandwich entrees. There are a couple different dining areas (aka the place is huge!) so you can choose to eat inside OR outside
So the next time hunger hits while you’re touring the Magic Kingdom, you will be all set and know what to expect and where you can grab your favorite foods. Stay tuned here on Chip and Co for more places to grab a quick bite in the World
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